Cher Public

  • LT: No, Yoncheva was going to sing Mimi, Angel Blue was to be Musetta. 7:14 PM
  • Archaeopteryx: Ah okay, so I guess Angel Joy Blue is taking her part? Yoncheva surely would have sung Musetta? 6:43 PM
  • LT: I see. Yoncheva was listed up until yesterday. 6:19 PM
  • Archaeopteryx: Carmen Giannattasio and Angel Joy Blue are singing the female parts in Hannover, not Yoncheva. http://www.ndr.... 6:04 PM
  • -Ed.: I once had a fling with a Slovenian, His trombone was most incohervenient; Diamanda Galas often passed by and gassed, The results... 5:43 PM
  • LT: Yes, Nozze, silly me. And even if it’s excerpts, considering the schedule and the travel, it’s still too much. 5:27 PM
  • Hippolyte: Probably but a couple corrections: it’s Nozze, not Don Giovanni being done this year at Baden-Baden and the Verbier... 4:38 PM
  • The Conte: I once had a fling with a Slovenian and it was much like that. N. 4:29 PM

Bea in the bonnet

Everyone who revives Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, as the Collegiate Chorale did at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, calls the piece an “overlooked masterpiece.” It has certainly been overlooked, while Norma, Sonnambula and Puritani go from strength to strength. Beatrice has not been staged in New York in living memory, and this was only its fourth concert performance here (third at Carnegie) in the last hundred years.   Read more »

The Beatrice generation

Beatrice di Tenda was a problem child, Vincenzo Bellini an alternately protective and disparaging parent. If he had lived to write another dozen operas this might not matter, but this work of 1833 was his penultimate piece; two and a half years later, the young Sicilian was dead, not yet 34.

The melodies of Beatrice thus come from the same rare and gorgeous fount as do those of Norma and Puritani, and if you love her sisters, you should certainly save a date for Beatrice. Her next big date in this neck of the woods comes tomorrow night, when the Collegiate Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra present the opera at Carnegie Hall. Read more »